Alan Shearer gives two reasons why Mike Ashley is allowing £20m club record signing Miguel Almiron
Asked about the imminent signing of Miguel Almiron, Alan Shearer needed only two words to sum it up.
The Newcastle United legend declaring ‘At last’, as the Magpies are finally set to sign an attacking player who breaks that 14 year old club transfer record.
Nobody pretends it will be a cure all but as Alan Shearer states, it has to be the ‘first of many’ credible signings to turn this club around.
As for Mike Ashley relenting and allowing this reported £20m signing in the final hours of January, the former number nine gives two reasons why it has happened.
Firstly, to try and convince Rafa Benitez to stay.
Secondly, to try and stem the flow of Newcastle fans who are cancelling their season tickets.
As for what Almiron can do for Newcastle, Alan Shearer says: ‘He is what Newcastle want. A number ten, he is skilful, left-footed, a bit of pace. He will be useful.’
Miguel Almiron was involved in 41 goals in 65 starts for Atlanta United, scoring 22 and getting 19 assists.
Despite the massive lift from Tuesday night’s win, the fact remains that Newcastle have still only scored 21 goals in 24 PL games, with only Cardiff and Huddersfield having scored less.
Salomon Rondon has been crying out for more support and the team itself has been desperate for more pace when they break.
Miguel Almiron delivered in the MLS and now we wait and see how effective he can be in the Premier League.
Spurs is obviously ruled out, whilst even Wolves away on 11 February will surely be too early for him to be involved, certainly not as a starter.
No game on the weekend of Saturday 16 February, so Huddersfield at home on Saturday 23 February looks most likely when we will see our first glimpses of Almiron, even if only from the bench.
Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day about beating Man City:
“A wonderful performance and great result, particularly when conceding after 24 seconds.
“They simply had to stay in the game after conceding so early.
“They got everybody behind the ball and because they did that, when the ball went forward there was rarely anybody there, so City got the ball and were straight back at Newcastle.
“It happened a lot in the first half…Rondon was screaming for support.
“The second half it totally changed, Newcastle grew into the game.
“They got seven or eight players in and around the box, got the equaliser they deserve through Rondon, it was good technique.
“And Longstaff was magnificent against Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva.
“He didn’t look out of place at all.”
The imminent signing of Miguel Almiron?:
“The two reasons why something had to happen at Newcastle….
“They have got to keep Rafa, show him they mean business.
“The other reason?
“It is season ticket renewal time and there are thousands threatening not to renew their season tickets, so they had to make a statement.
“Hopefully it is the first of many, now, and then certainly at the end of the season.
“Miguel Almiron will be a club record and he will be a very good signing.
“He is what Newcastle want.
“A number ten, he is skilful, left-footed, a bit of pace.
“He will be useful.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Manchester City 1
Newcastle United: Rondon 66, Ritchie 80 (pen)
Man City: Aguero 1
Possession was Man City 76% Newcastle 24%
Total shots were Man City 12 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Man City 4 Newcastle 2
Corners were Man City 8 Newcastle 1
Referee: Paul Tierney
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu (Kenedy 87), Perez (Manquillo 90+1), Rondon
Woodman, Roberts, Clark, Murphy, Fernandez
Crowd: 50,861 (Man City 3,000)
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